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James Forrest wants long-term Celtic stay

David Walton June 13, 2020
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Celtic winger James Forrest has followed Odsonne Edouard in appearing to commit his future to the Parkhead club.

Edouard told Celtic TV this week that he was looking to get back playing for the Hoops next season. He then followed that up by stating flat out that he wanted to be part of the club’s 10-in-a-row bid (Daily Mail).

And it looks as though another big hitter at the club is ready to commit his future to Glasgow in Forrest. The Scotland international has played a huge role for Celtic in recent years, ending last season with another 16 goals and 22 assists (Transfermarkt).

In quotes published by the Herald, however, Forrest doesn’t seem like letting up or moving on anytime soon.

“I’m 29 in July and want to play for as long as I can here. You hear about lots of boys leaving and they all say when they go how big Celtic is. As the years go on you do realise that more and more.

“I just want to keep trying to be a part of Celtic for as long as I can. I don’t know for how long that will be, but I’ll keep trying and I’ll be working hard to do so.”

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Forrest’s commitment is a huge boost for Celtic

Words simply cannot express how important Forrest has been to Celtic over the years. A big-game player in every sense, his departure would be almost catastrophic.

Last season, Forrest came up with huge goals against the likes of CFR Cluj, AIK, and Lazio in Europe respectively. Without his influence down the right side, Celtic would be much weaker for it.

As things stand, there is a distinct lack of competition in Forrest’s position. Outside of Marian Shved, there are no first-team right-wingers that can easily slot into the veteran’s position. And considering Shved only played twice last season, it’s clear he’s hardly impressed Neil Lennon.

So Forrest’s long-term commitment to the club is a welcome boost even if there were no real fears about him departing this summer.

Whilst there’s an air of inevitability about Edouard’s departure (we all know he won’t stay in Glasgow too much longer), Forrest is a different breed. This seems to be his utopia, and he doesn’t seem to have any desire to leave the club at any point in his career.

Time will tell whether Forrest becomes a fabled one-club man. But for now, everyone connected with Celtic will just be delighted to see him ready to fire the club to 10.

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David is a keen writer who's always looking to engage readers in his content. He has a strong knowledge of Scottish and English football - writing content on the Scottish game since the beginning of his studies in 2014.